Hospital Bag Essentials

Leading up to Katie’s birth on June 20th, Bo and I packed and repacked our hospital bag multiple times, trying to ensure it held everything the three of us would need for our stay in the hospital. While we hoped and expected that we’d be there no longer than two days since the plan was for a vaginal birth, we packed the bag as if we’d be there for four days in case I required a c-section.

During my third trimester, I put together a comprehensive list of hospital bag items which included suggestions from other bloggers, friends, family members, baby books and a Brooklyn Mom’s Facebook group I joined a few weeks before giving birth.  Now that I am a new mom, I wanted to share an edited list which includes only the items we used while in the hospital. 

Hospital Bag Essentials


  • Dry shampoo
  • Face wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Shower Favorites for first shower after delivery – body wash, face wash, shampoo & conditioner
  • Body Lotion
  • Hair ties, barrettes or headbands
  • Basic makeup essentials (mascara, blush, foundation, concealer, eye liner, and lip gloss)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash
  • Dad’s toiletry bag



  • Extra long phone iPhone charging cord with wall adapter
  • iPhones
  • iPad
  • Kindle or Book
  • Nice Camera with CHARGED battery

Nursing Stuff

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  • Kimono outfit for baby to go home in
  • Blanket, hat and outfit for baby’s first pictures
  • Button down shirt for easy access to husband’s chest for skin to skin time
  • Flip flops or slippers you can throw out
  • Cozy socks with grip
  • Pretty robe
  • Going home clothes for me – comfy pants, easy shirt

Other Stuff

  • Pillow from home for me and husband
  • Washcloths
  • Lavender oil to put on washcloths
  • Car Seat
  • Health insurance, driver’s license
  • Two full-size blankets for mom and dad’s beds
  • Fridababy Fridet (so much better than squeeze bottle hospital gives you)
  • Extra bag for stuff hospital gives us

Your turn – Any questions? What items am I missing?

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